Winter Hokkaido:Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival and Asahiyama Zoo and Icebreaker ship "Garinko II"


1. Have fun at Hokkaido!Limited time winter event "Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival! 2. Look forward to visiting the most northern zoo in Japan, Asahiyama Zoo, and seeing animals that playing in the snow. 3. Enjoy a sunset cruise aboard the icebreaker ship Garinko II on the Sea of Okhotsk, famous for its drift ice. Please inform us when booking the tour in the 'Remarks' section Please let us know a working mobile phone number in Japan. If you don't have one, then please include details of the hotel you are staying in the day before the trip (hotel name, check-in date and the name of the person who booked the hotel.) * *This is an independent tour, and no tour staff is provided. *Drift ice season (source: Monbetsu Tourism Exchange Promotion Office) 2018: February 1 (first day), February 5 (first day approaching shore) and March 28 (last day) 2019: January 26 (first day), February12 (first day approaching shore) and March5 (last day) [Attention] *Necessary documents for the tour will be attached to an email and sent to you at least 1 week prior to the tour departure day. Please print them out and bring them to the tour, or prepare to show them on your phone during the tour. *Items included – Bus tour fee, Garinko II sunset cruise fare and Asahiyama Zoo entrance fee and box lunch(sandwich) and accommodation (2nights with 2breakfasts) *None of these expenses will be refunded even if the participant does not use them for whatever reason. *Items not included: Any expenses not specified in the itinerary (e.g. personal expenses, optional tours.) *Items included in "Child" and "Infant" price: Same contents as adults. *0-2 years old: JPY4,000 (*as cover for the bus seat on Day2 ※Lunch is not included) While the booking screen will show JPY0, the JPY4,000 will be added to the total amount when we process the credit card payment after the booking is completed. If you need a bus seat for your baby on Day1, then please book through the "Infant Price(3-5 years old.) " which includes the same meals and items as the "Adult price". Sightseeing Bus -The tour bus departs on schedule time. If you are late for the bus, you cannot join the tour later.A refund is also not available so please make sure you are on time. -This tour bus will be shared with other passengers (including Japanese tourists). *Day1/Operating company: Hokkaido Chuo Bus Co., Ltd. Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival tour : A Japanese-speaking bus guide will accompany with you. Also the multilingual audio guide are not provided. Please gather at the regular sigthseeing bus counter in JR sapporo station bus terminal(2nd floor) at least 20 minutes before the departure time. Meeting point: Hokkaido Chuo Bus Regular Sightseeing Bus Counter -This tour bus will not take us through New Chitose Airport and MinamiChitose. -If the highway is closed due to snow disaster, the course will be cancelled. -The fireworks will be held on Saturday,Sunday and Public holiday during in this event.Many customers will visit Lake Shikotsu.So, we can not predict arrival time in advance.According to the traffic or other circumstances on the tour day, bus arrival time may be delayed.Please understand that the time for visiting may be shorten and you may not view the fireworks. -The bus seats are all reserved and non-smoking. *Day2/Operating company: Hokkaido Access Network Co., Ltd. "Garinko II" sunset cruise and Asahiyama Zoo tour : There is no bus guide on this tour.A English-speaking tour conductor will accompany with you. Please gather at the meeting place at least 15 minutes before the departure time. -Depending on the number of passengers, the tour bus may be small or mid-sized. Also please note that you may need to transfer to a different bus at Monbetsu on day2. - The bus seats are all non-reserved and non-smoking. -When a sightseeing spot is closed, the tour will visit somewhere else. Drift ice cruise Please note that there is no guarantee of drift ice on the day due to the weather conditions. If the cruise is cancelled on the day, the tour conductor will refund you a part of tour fees for boarding ship. Other *This course is organized and operated by Kinki Nippon Tourist Hokkaido Co., Ltd. *We will not be responsible for any delays, shortenings or omissions made to the itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control (traffic, weather etc.) *The amended Act on the Protection of Personal Information came into effect on 30 May 2017. Customer information (name, age, gender etc.) may be forwarded to the hotels or necessary entities for the purpose of making tour arrangements. This condition shall be deemed to have been accepted by the customer upon completion of the reservation.


Day 1
  • Breakfast: 0
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 0
  • Light meal: 0
  • Your starting place -- ・・・Please make your own way・・・ -- Sapporo Station Bus Terminal(Departure 15:10) -- Wattsu PA[Rest/approx. 15 min] -- Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival[Visit/approx. 85 min] *For departures during Saturday,Sunday and Public holiday, you will have 115 min. -- Wattsu PA[Rest/approx. 15 min] -- (Sapporo Factory/Sapporo Clock Tower ※Please not get off) -- Sapporo Station Bus Terminal(Arrival 20:35) *For departures during Saturday,Sunday and Public holiday, this tour bus will be arriving each places 30min later than weekdays. -- ・・・Please make your own way・・・ It is about 5 minutes walk -- Sapporo City (Overnight)

Day 2
  • Breakfast: 1
  • Lunch: 1 (Lunch Box)
  • Dinner: 0
  • Light meal: 0
  • Hotel (7:50 Departure) -- Sunagawa Highway Oasis[Rest/approx.20 min] -- Asahiyama Zoo[Sightseeing/approx.120 min](lunch on the bus) -- Roadside Station Takinoue[Rest/approx.15 min] -- Board the icebreaker ship Garinko II,Monbetsu[ Cruise/approx.60min] -- (Rest at 2 places / approx. 15 min each) -- Sapporo City (Overnight. Arrival 22:00 )

Day 3
  • Breakfast: 1
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 0
  • Light meal: 0
  • Hotel*Check out: 11:00 -- Free time -- Your own destination.


Departure place

Designated place (Hokkaido)

Meeting Time




  • English

  • Chinese (Mandarin)

Language Support

This particular course is operated as a free plan tour, therefore there will not be any language support from a tour conductor. We will however, provide the final confirmation and itinerary in the preferred language of your choice.

Minimum number of participants for operation

2 Person(s)

*When the participants does not reach the number above, the tour will not be operated. If this is the case, those who have made a reservation will be informed of the matter by 14 days prior to the scheduled departure date (by 4 days prior to the departure in case of a Day-tour).

Minimum number of participants for booking

2 Person(s)

Cancellation policy Tour Condition